Some Respect For The Sellers Please

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

another home for saleAt best, being a home seller can be more than a little inconvenient unless the market is REALLY hot.

The needing to leave for showings, keeping the home show ready at all times, shifting plans when another showing request comes in, the need to pack up the pets, etc.   

And there are things a buyer (and their agent) can do to make things a little easier and may even contribute to establishing some goodwill if they decide to offer on the home.

1.  Advance notice for showing requests.  If it's a hot market we get it, on market now, better get there NOW.    But if a home has been on the market for a week or two and you just HAVE to get in RIGHT NOW, that just might be taken as a red flag that you don't have your act together.

2.  Staying on schedule.  When your agent asked to show the home, there was an approved time frame (usually an hour).  We warn our sellers that means you may show up ANY time inside that window and stay past the window.  That's understandable.  What's NOT typically well received is to be running an hour, or two (or more) LATE and then think it's okay to just show up at the door and want in.  Your agent really should be providing some notice to the seller or listing agent that you're running late, and the time for that determination is NOT when you're already an hour late.  Would love to say this isn't based on true stories, but....

3.  Respect the seller's home.  Basically leave it as you found it.  Doors locked.  No muddy footprints across the carpet.  Don't break things.  Don't let your kids "pocket" stuff (yeah, another true story).  Don't bring your pets in, don't smoke, don't poke around in their dressers.

Bottom line, just ask yourself how you'd want to be treated if you were the seller and it was YOUR home.  Use common sense and Golden Rule and everything should be fine.

Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - it can be a stressful time for everyone in the real estate process of buying or selling a property so a little thoughtfulness goes a long way.  

Feb 17, 2020 04:55 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Bill and Liz- having been on both sides of the buying /selling see-saw many times, I couldn't agree more. #2 is so important! I've left my home including taking my 40 pound dog in the car with me so my home could be shown. After returning, with no signs of the home being shown or not shown, an hour or so later, long after the buyers were supposed to be there...I get a knock on the door.  

Feb 17, 2020 10:17 AM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

yup had a family that had kids that did ALL of that... muddy feet, pocketing etc. Ugh.  I was really glad when they bought a house.

Feb 17, 2020 10:29 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bill:

This is all right on target and great advice for buyers, and with just a few hints to buyer agents. I always talk with sellers about the things that might possibly happen with showings to prepare them, just in case - people showing up late or early or not at all as just one example.


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